ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart made it clear he doesn’t have time to follow the College Football Playoff rankings, but you can bet there are multiple UGA staff members monitoring things closely.
The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs are a slam dunk to beat Georgia Tech at noon on Saturday in what figures to serve more as a warm-up game for the postseason than a rivalry affair.
The Yellow Jackets will surely leave their best on the field, but after their 55-0 loss to Notre Dame last week, the challenge does not figure to be significant.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart, meanwhile knows a 4 p.m. showdown against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game the following Saturday awaits.
Many believe the Bulldogs’ historically domination run this season has been to the extent that Georgia would be selected for one of the four College Football Playoff spots even with a loss to the Crimson Tide.
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Indeed, CFP Chairman Gary Barta has cited Georgia’s domination and defensive success.
“For Georgia to be 11-0 against the schedule that they play continues to get the committee’s attention,” Barta said on Tuesday night.
“The defense that they play, they have the best defense in the country,” Barta said. “Jordan Davis and company, and their offense is still a top 10 type offense. They do have wins against Clemson and Arkansas.”
3. Alabama (No 38 SOS)
4. Cincinnati (No. 94 SOS)
5. Michigan (No. 43 SOS)
6. Notre Dame (No. 33 SOS)
7. Oklahoma State (No. 26 SOS)
8. Baylor (No. 36 SOS)
9. Ole Miss (No. 25 SOS)
10. Oklahoma (No. 61 SOS)
The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs and their matchup with Georgia Tech was discussed during the On The Beat Show, as well as UGA’s future schedule model and how the Yellow Jackets fit: